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  1. jcroy

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    Another big reason why I went the DIY route back in the day, was that Linux (or the BSDs) didn't run on every single piece of hardware. Some hardware companies in those days withheld technical information required for writing drivers, to interface the hardware with Linux or one of the *BSD...
  2. jcroy

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    This ^ !!! Back in the day and to the current era, I've come across too many all-in-one generic desktops where the graphics processing is all done in one graphics chip soldered directly onto the motherboard. Over the past 15 years or so, it is typically an Intel GPU without its own memory. So...
  3. jcroy

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    I did the DIY PC thing briefly back in the 1990s. In the end, I found it wasn't really much different than just buying a pre-packaged Gateway or Dell machine. I didn't use my pcs for extensive video games in those days. (ie. Easier to just play a Sega or Nintendo console). Back in the day, I...
  4. jcroy

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    Nowadays I wouldn't bother with any optical disc drives in a new computer, unless one still does a lot of cd, dvd, or bluray/4Kbluray disc ripping or burning. I now currently keep several old machines around, for such "ripping" purposes. For example, I purchased a new desktop computer several...
  5. jcroy

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    I don't have any direct proof or first hand experiences with current video games. Rumor has it that some pc games still sold on cd (or dvd) rom discs over the past decade or so, are actually just a download program on the disc and a pass/verfication code on a piece of paper enclosed with the...
  6. jcroy

    Well...I'm back to Windows for gaming...and I bought a pre-built from Best Buy!

    A few years ago I purchased a new then-bottom of the line all-in-one desktop for watching my dvds (mostly tv shows and lousy action movies). The few pc video games I still might play occasionally was stuff like Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City. They play fine on this cheapo desktop (made by...
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